CyanogenMod team has launched their first M snapshot build of CM 10.1 OS for Galaxy Tab 2 7inch model. You can learn how to install it by using the instructions that I have listed in this post. This is a guide that can be completed by any Android user with some basic knowledge when it comes to flashing custom ROMs and other customization files for tablets.
CM 10.1 M1 build is the first build in the M-Snapshots series that we should see launched on a monthly basis. It is more stable than the Nightly releases and, if you’re a tinkerer then you should give this ROM a try. Also, it is one of the most popular custom operating system for Android tablets and phones, which is why you should install it on your tablet. It is stable and it packs tons of customization features and it is bloatware-free.
In order to complete the installation of CM10.1 M1 ROM on Galaxy Tab 2 7 WiFi, then you should read the guidelines below:
- Use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch WiFi model with the P3110 tablet version. Do not attempt to flash this ROM on any other tablet or phone, as you will end up bricking it.
- The tablet should be rooted and running a CWM Recovery image as otherwise you cannot flash the custom ROM files.
- It is recommended for you to create full nandroid backup of your current ROM. This is required so that in case the tablet refuses to boot with this build of CM10.1 then you can easily use CWM Recovery and restore the backup. Also, in order to create the backup use the CWM recovery mode.
- Enable USB debugging.
- All your data files should be moved on your tablet’s internal SD card or you can choose to move them on to your computer.
- This guide can be completed by Android users with basic knowledge about rooting, flashing a custom ROM and using a CWM Recovery mode. Do not attempt to flash this ROM if you have no idea what you’re doing.
- We cannot be blamed for any damage done to your tablet. Make sure that you read all the instructions that I have listed in this post.
- Don’t blame us if you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files. You’re installing this custom ROM at your own risk.
- Make sure that you don’t forget any of the steps in the tutorial, as that will result in a failed attempt of install CM 10.1 M1 ROM.
These were all the extra instructions you had to read before moving to the ‘how-to’ guide. If you’re having problems completing the installation, then you should ask for more help in comments and we will try to help you by coming up with viable solutions to your problems.
How to install CM 10.1 M1 Snapshot ROM for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 Wifi P3110:
- Download the custom ROM zip from HERE. Don’t unzip its contents and make sure that you save it on your PC.
- Get the Gapps file for CyanogenMod 10.1 from HERE. It is the file that you have to install in order to get the Google based apps for your tablet. Save the file on PC and don’t extract its contents.
- Connect your tablet to your PC. Move the downloaded files to its internal SDcard storage. Disconnect the device from PC when the files are copied successfully.
- Power off the device and after that boot it into CWM recovery mode.
- CWM Recovery mode can be accessed by pressing and holding at the same time Volume Down and Power buttons. Release the buttons when the custom recovery menu appears.
- Optional step: If you don’t have a NANDROID backup of your current ROM, then you need to select ‘backup and restore’ option. Create a backup and save it on your device using CWM Recovery mode. When it is complete you can return to the main recovery menu. NOTE: if you already have a backup then you can skip this step.
- Now you need to select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option. It will delete the contents of the /system partition, while leaving the internal SDcard contents intact.
- Select ‘install zip from SDcard’ and from the next screen select ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the CM 10.1 M1 ROM and confirm its installation.
- Select again the ‘choose zip from SDcard’ option and then you will have to browse for the Gapps file and confirm that you want to install it.
- Return to the main CWM Recovery menu when the files are installed.
- Select ‘reboot system now’ and wait until the CyanogenMod OS first boot process completes. It shouldn’t take more than 3-4 minutes.
- Enter the Google Account credentials and then you can start testing the new ROM.
- Tell us in comments which are CM10.1 best features and functions.
NOTE: If the first boot process takes too long to complete, then you will have to power off the device completely. After that you will need to boot again into CWM Recovery using step 5. Next, repeat the entire tutorial once again and eventually you should be able to complete the installation.
If you have any other questions, then please feel free to post them in our comments field and we will try to help you.
In case you don’t like how this new ROM works for your device, then you can easily restore the previous ROM using the backup file you created before starting the tutorial guide.